Enhancing On-going Ministry Through Equipping, Encouraging, and Interceding

View Dr. Dan's new Podcast,
"Discipleship Directives" with Vidal Muniz for
the Valley Baptist Missions Education Center.

Monday Morning Manna

To receive an email version of Dr. Dan's
Monday Morning Manna Subscribe here.
Order your copy of Dr. Crawford's
Morning Manna: Hidden and Unhidden.
Cover Image of These Also Prayed

Order your copy of Dr. Crawford's
These Also Prayed.

Sermon Series on Prayer



Before Dallas had the Cowboys or Houston had the Oilers, back when I was a treen-anger growing up in Houston, I was a Green Bay Packers fan.   Why?  From childhood I was told I would be attending Baylor University, so I grew up loving the green and gold. Then I chose to attend elsewhere, and Dallas and Houston secured football teams.  The effect of this love of green and gold made me a supporter of the underdog.  Also, my own football career, such as it was, ended with an accident-related broken second vertebrae of the neck, but prior to that, I always played on an underdog team. According to Wikipedia, an “underdog is a person or group in a competition, usually in sports and creative works, who is largely expected to lose.” Perhaps all of this is why I was so open to being a Jesus follower.  I was a no one, until The One, made me a someone.  A few verses were helpful to me in those underdog days:

  • “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Ephesians 4:13)
  • “So the last will be first, and the first last.” (Matthew 20:16)
  • “But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
  •   “If God is on our team, who can play against us?” (Romans 8:31, from a translation I can no longer find.)

So, all you underdogs, it’s time to overcome.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Dr. Dan describes Disciple All Nations and shares updates.

New Books

Dr. Dan's newest books are available on Amazon!

More Morning Manna Book

Praying through the Beatitudes Book

Crisis Care Crisis Prayer Book

Join Dr. Crawford’s Prayer Team and receive a first-of-the-month prayer update via email.